Assistant Professor #499756

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Position Title:

Assistant Professor #499756





Job Summary/Basic Function:

Applications and nominations are invited for a tenure track faculty position in the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Department.

The University seeks a person who is fluent in American Sign Language, with high energy, enthusiasm, and vision to work within the department. The Department offers coursework at the undergraduate level in the area of American Sign Language (BA-ASL with three tracks; K-12 Teaching, Educational Interpreter, and Advocacy). At the graduate level the department has a MS degree in Deaf Education and a MA in Deaf Studies. At the Doctoral level, the department has a long-standing doctorate in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education. In addition, the BA and MS areas offer coursework leading to teacher certification.

The successful candidate will possess expertise in one or more of the following areas: Interpreter, Statistics, and Research Design—both qualitative and quantative. Additional requirements include strong teaching, research, and writing skills. The applicant should have a research agenda to satisfy the conditions for tenure. The candidate must possess strong leadership skills and interpersonal skills with demonstrated work experiences with colleagues exhibiting positive collegiality. Faculty reports to the Chair of the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Department.

Responsibilities include:

1. Advise and counsel undergraduate ASL majors and graduate majors in Masters and Doctoral Deaf Education programs.

2. Teach undergraduate, masters, and doctoral courses within the Department, as program needs mandate.

3. Serve on departmental, college, and university committees as necessary.

4. Conduct research, scholarly activities, and grant writing to meet program needs.

5. Meet other day-to-day responsibilities of the faculty position as necessary.

Lamar University is a member of The Texas State University System, has an enrollment of approximately 14,000 students, and offers a wide variety of baccalaureate and masters degrees, as well as doctorates in four disciplines. Lamar faculty have a strong commitment to teaching excellence combined with research. Non-traditional students comprise almost 25% of the student enrollment at this culturally diverse, metropolitan university, while 70% of the student body is full-time and under the age of 25. Located on the banks of the Neches River in Southeast Texas, Beaumont is only 85 miles from Houston and 35 miles from the Gulf of Mexico beaches. Leisure opportunities abound nearby in the Big Thicket National Preserve and lake areas of East Texas. A wide range of cultural activities are provided through a regional symphony orchestra, art museum, historic houses, opera, ballet and theater companies. The cultural centers of Houston and Galveston offer many kinds of aesthetic enrichment. A year-round temperate climate increases opportunity for outdoor recreational activities.

The position will be available for Fall of 2021. This is a 9-month position with the possibility of Summer teaching opportunities. This will be a tenured-track position with rank and salary appropriate to experience and evidence of a terminal degree.

Minimum Qualifications (Education & Experience):

Required Qualifications:

The University seeks a person with knowledge, skills and proficiencies in providing training to students in careers related to ASL Studies and Deaf/Studies Education. The successful candidate will have:

1. Have an earned doctoral degree in Deaf Education, American Sign Language, Linguistics, or a closely related field. ABDs or close to ABD may be considered.

2. Knowledge of Deaf culture and extensive personal and professional experiences within the Deaf community as well as fluency in American Sign Language.

3. Demonstrated teaching research and publication skills.

Preferred Qualifications (Education & Experience):

Preferred Qualifications:
Ability to demonstrate depth of knowledge and understanding of deaf culture

Knowledge regarding teaching of Interpretation

Preference will be given to candidates:
1) who are Native ASL user.

2) with university teaching experience.

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Veteran's Preference:

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.

Lamar Expectation of Quality:

Employee will support the mission of Lamar by providing high quality, professional services, timely responses and solutions to customer requests.


This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. But, this job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position. This description is subject to modification as the needs and requirements of the position change. Lamar University reserves the right to revise, change or eliminate this job description at any time.

Other duties may be assigned to this position on a regular or occasional basis to respond to the needs of the university.

This Job Description is not intended to be a contract of employment or a legal document. Employment with Lamar University is at will, and may be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time. Nothing in this Job Description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of Lamar University employees.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should attach a cover letter and complete curriculum vitae to their electronic application and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five references. Reference letters may be sent to: Chair of the Deaf Studies and Deaf Education Faculty Search Committee, c/o Human Resources Lamar University, P. O. Box 11127, Beaumont, Texas 77710. Emails with attachments can be sent to: [email protected] (specify for whom & what position applying to with the position number).

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Job No:
Posted: 5/2/2021
Application Due: 5/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time